Meyer Avoiding the Nonsense

Urban Meyer calls it the Florida nonsense. With all the media coverage the Gators receive, Meyer is now realizing that anything he says becomes front-page news across the state and across the nation.

So after Friday's practice, he said he was watching what he was saying. The problem Meyer sees is that every time he praises a player, they tend to not go so hard the next day in practice. Meyer doesn't look for players who stand out on a day-to-day basis, but instead he looks for consistent performers over a longer period of time.

With that being said, he didn't provide much information about his football team as they near completion of week one of fall camp, but he did point out that the running back group continues to look good on a consistent basis.

"They're doing a very good job," Meyer said. "They're having a good camp."

The Gator backfield has had production issues throughout the last three years, and more importantly, they've had problems holding onto the football especially in tight situations. Meyer told them that if their collective play didn't improve, they flat out wouldn't play. And the Gators have proven they don't need a fulltime tailback to be successful on offense.

"We told them they're not going to play," Meyer said. "We've done it. We've played the last two years without a tailback. We led the SEC in offense without one; just watch the film from last year. This year Kestahn Moore is having a really good camp. Jeff Demps is a really good player. Moody's doing good and so is Mon Williams."

Percy Harvin was the Gators' second leading rusher last season behind quarterback Tim Tebow. But even with the Gator backfield improving, and Harvin's health still a question mark, Meyer hasn't ruled out Harvin lining up with Tebow.

"That's a week-to-week, game-to-game decision," Meyer said. "There's one thing for sure and that's when Percy Harvin lines up in our backfield, he's one of the best running backs in America. When he lines up at receiver, he's one of the best receivers in America. He's proven that. I think having the ability of a true running back in the game will help."

Harvin is still not participating in drills, but he continues to condition on a daily basis. Offensive tackle Phil Trautwein practiced today after being held out for the last few days with a sore shoulder. Defensive tackles Matt Patchan and Omar Hunter are still only doing individual drills, but Meyer said Patchan is getting close. Wide receiver Louis Murphy was back on the practice field after missing the week with a sore ankle.

With a week of full contact now behind them, Meyer said he's seeing some chemistry on the defensive side of the ball.

"Last year, the offense had great chemistry," Meyer said. "Two years ago, the defense had chemistry, but last year they didn't. I'm starting to see that on defense right now. I'm starting to see the enthusiasm of guys pumping each other's tires up. I didn't see that last year."

The Gators had Friday afternoon off before another double session on Saturday.

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